Lucille Fay Lesueur

Lucille Fay Lesueur

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  • Name Lucille Fay Lesueur 
    Born 23 Mar 1908  San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 10 May 1977  New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Lucille Fay LeSueur; (March 23, 1905 - May 10, 1977)[1][2] was an Academy Award-winning American actress, named the tenth Greatest Female Star of All Time by the American Film Institute.

      Starting as a dancer on Broadway,[3] Crawford was signed to a motion picture contract by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in 1925 and initially played small parts. She became a famous flapper by the end of the '20s. Beginning in the 1930s, Crawford's fame rivaled fellow MGM colleagues Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo. She often played hardworking young women who find romance and financial success. These "rags to riches" stories were well-received by Depression-era audiences and were popular with women. By the end of the decade, Crawford remained one of Hollywood's most prominent movie stars, and one of the highest paid women in the U.S.

      For her performance in Mildred Pierce Crawford won an Academy Award and in the following years, achieved some of her best reviews. In 1955, she became involved with PepsiCo, the company run by her last husband, Alfred Steele. After his death in 1959, Crawford was elected to fill his vacancy on the board of directors but was forcibly retired in 1973. She continued acting regularly into the 1960s, when her performances became fewer, and after the release of the horror film Trog in 1970, retired from the screen. [1]
    • Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas, the third child of Tennessee-born Thomas E. LeSueur (18681938) and Anna Bell Johnson (18841958). Her older siblings were Daisy LeSueur, who died very young, and Hal LeSueur. Although Crawford was of mostly English descent, her surname originated from her great-great-great-great grandparents, David LeSueur and Elizabeth Chastain, French Huguenots who immigrated from London in the early 1700s to Virginia.[4]

      Crawford later said when she was a few months old her father abandoned the family. Her mother later married Henry J. Cassin. The family lived where Cassin ran a movie theater in Lawton, Oklahoma. The 1910 Comanche County, Oklahoma, Federal Census, enumerated on April 20, showed Henry and Anna living at 910 "D" Street in Lawton. Crawford was listed as five years old, thus showing 1905 as her likely year of birth. However, the state of Texas did not require the filing of birth certificates until 1908, allowing Crawford to later claim she was born in 1908.

      Growing up, Crawford preferred the nickname "Billie," and she loved watching vaudeville acts perform on the stage of her stepfather's theater. Her ambition was to be a dancer. However, in an attempt to escape piano lessons to run and play with friends, she leapt from the front porch of her home and cut her foot deeply on a broken milk bottle. Crawford had three operations and was unable to attend elementary school for a year and a half. She eventually fully recovered and returned to dancing.

      Around 1916, Crawford's family moved to Kansas City, Missouri. Cassin was first listed in the City Directory in 1917, living at 403 East Ninth Street. While still in elementary school, Crawford was placed in St. Agnes Academy, a Catholic school in Kansas City. Later, after her mother and stepfather broke up, she stayed on at St. Agnes as a work student. She then went to Rockingham Academy as a work student. In 1922, Crawford registered at the posh Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and gave her year of birth as 1906. She attended Stephens for less than a year, however, as she recognized that she was not academically prepared for college. [2]
    Person ID I1108  Extended Families of Childress
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2019 

    Father Thomas E Lesueur,   b. 21 Jan 1868, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1938, Abilene, Taylor County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Anna Belle Johnson,   b. 29 Nov 1884, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1958, Los Angeles, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Family ID F381  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.,   b. 9 Dec 1909, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 2000, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 3 Jun 1929  New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F382  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Franchot Tone,   b. 27 Feb 1905, Niagra Falls, Niagra Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1968, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 12 Oct 1935  Englewood Cliffe, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F383  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Phillip Terry,   b. 7 Mar 1909, San Francisco, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1993, Santa Barbara, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 20 Jul 1942  Hidden Valley Ranch, Ventura CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F384  Group Sheet

    Family 4 Alfred N Steele,   d. Apr 1959 
    Married 10 May 1955  Las Vegas, NV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F385  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Joan Crawford (Lucille Fay Lesueur)
    Joan Crawford (Lucille Fay Lesueur)

    Videos
    Joan Crawford - Mildred Pierce
    Joan Crawford - Mildred Pierce
    Crawford won the film's sole Academy Award Oscar for 1945

  • Sources 
    1. [S40] Wikipedia.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Crawford

    2. [S40] Wikipedia.